News Briefs

Canada Week focuses on religion

The International Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at UAA is sponsoring a week of activities highlighting some aspect of Canada. The theme for this year will focus on religion in Canadian film, television and literature. Canadian Studies is cooperating with UAA/APU’s Book of the Year program and APU’s Engaging Muslims program to stimulate questions and conversation about the unsettled role of religion in modern life. This year’s events take place Feb. 25-29. Visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/news/canada-week-2008.cfm to learn more about this year’s Canada Week events.

Faculty to be advised about UA retirement plan

Daniel Crumpacker, a financial adviser with AIG VALIC, will be on the UAA campus on Feb. 27 and 28 presenting seminars about the UA retirement plan including PERS, TRS, the Optional Retirement Program, Pension Plan and Tax-Deferred Annuity. Times and locations are as follows: Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in University Center 144 and 2 to 4 p.m. in Professional Studies Building 233; or Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Eugene Short Hall 210 or 2 to 4 p.m. in University Center 143.

Professors can ask questions about the UA retirement plan in these meetings or schedule a one-on-one appointment by calling 279-8310.

Community and Technical College hires assistant to the dean

UAA’s Community and Technical College recently hired Martha Ethridge as the college’s assistant to the dean. Ethridge will maintain and oversee administrative procedures within the college’s central office related to planning, faculty and staff recruitment, hiring, evaluation and appraisal, program review and assessment, records management, communications, and special projects management.

Ethridge most recently worked as an administrative assistant at the Alaska Airlines Regional Office in Anchorage, where she provided administrative support for two directors and eight managers. Other responsibilities included maintaining calendars, files and appointments, planning events, and more.

As part of the college leadership team, Ethridge will help directors and chairs, associate deans, professional staff, and the dean carry out operational and strategic career pathway goals of the college and support cross-campus and cross-system collaborations.